Pipe on side of house in middle of yard

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Old 05-11-19, 06:04 PM
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Pipe on side of house in middle of yard

Can anyone tell us what this pipe might be? It's on the side of the house, in the middle of the yard which is probably 15 feet wide. An oil tank was already removed from our property. It can't be pulled out either. We are 5 days from closing on our home and just saw it today. Thank you. I apologize if this isn't the best spot to post this question.

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Without you doing some digging, I can only suggest more pictures from further back so we get a better view of the area.
 
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Old 05-11-19, 06:28 PM
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Thanks for your response. I added a photo from the listing, the best I can do right now. It's on the right side of the house, in the middle of that space. There's probably another 7 feet until the fence which isn't shown.
 
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I see a pipe next to the wall near the electric service. What is that for ?
 
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Hi Pete - first time home owner here... lots to learn. I honestly think you're looking at a piece of wood but now that I'm not there, I can't remember exactly.
 
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Ok.... that could be. Was the tank on this side of the house ?
 
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Pete - no it was in the front yard on the other side of the house.
 
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Very doubtful it had anything to do with the oil tank. It's peened over which means it was put in with a sledge hammer. My first thought was a property marker but not in the center of the yard.

Do you have a basement ? If so..... does the water service come in that side of the house ?
 
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The only thing I have seen similar to that is an underground cave (root cellar). Those caves had fresh air vents.
 
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Pete- the water service comes from the front of the house.
 
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Wow - I'll end up digging up the ground next week. Lol.
 
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Old 05-12-19, 04:10 AM
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Something like that should've been in discovery during the survey or seller disclosure. I would put a stop to the closing until that pipe can be identified and put to rest. If that pipe is connected to any type of chemical tank or storage, you will be responsible for any problems and future clean up. Most likely it's not a problem, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
 
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If there ever was a septic tank in use on the property, the pipe could be attached to the tank's clean out plug (TANK IS STILL THERE).
 
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Definitely worth a little digging. A while back I bought a house and the inspector started a whole thing about a pipe sticking out of the ground in the backyard. Got an oil tank sweep, etc etc. Turns out it was a metal pipe that was used for an old laundry drying rack - was able to dig it out, finding about 8" square worth of concrete. Wish I had brought a shovel and saved some money!
 
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Has the house had a repipe? Old original faucet outlet from abandoned plumbing?
Also, could be something pounded into the ground by kids.
Does it rotate with a pipe wrench on it? Might free it by twisting.
 
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Old 05-17-19, 08:52 AM
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Complete out of left field:
Could it have been a pipe that was used to prop up/partially rotate the rock?
A neighbor had a somewhat similar looking site in his backyard, and that pipe was hammered into the ground (denting the exposed pipe end) once the rock was "sitting" the way his wife wanted it.
They also had wedged a brick under the pipe to helt stabilize it.

(as I said from left field. )

Hope that you find out, and please let us know!
 

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